apple thunderbolt display
jul 21, 2011
apple thunderbolt display


the ‘apple thunderbolt display’, pictured at left, is the first display to feature the thunderbolt connectivity technology developed by intel and apple

apple computers has revealed its ‘thunderbolt display’, at an event that also saw the release of the company’s
new lion operating system and updates to the macbook air and mac mini. the 16:9 2560x1440p display is the world’s first
to integrate thunderbolt I/O technology, developed by intel in collaboration with apple. thunderbolt is a connection technology
for PCs and accessory devices like monitors, hard drives, and speakers, that unites high-speed data transfer and HD display,
sending information at 10Gbps. all new macbooks feature a built-in thunderbolt I/O port, and can thus be connected
to the ‘thunderbolt display’.

the 27-inch monitor includes an HD video camera for video conferencing, a 2.1 speaker system, and an integrated magsafe charger
for mac notebooks. three USB ports, a firewire 800, and ethernet and thunderbolt ports (the latter permitting the linking of up to five
additional thunderbolt-ready devices) round out the device’s connectivity.

offering a 178-degree viewing angle, the ‘thunderbolt display’ also features an ambient light sensor
that automatically adjuststhe device’s brightness based on external lighting conditions, saving energy.

the apple thunderbolt display is the ultimate docking station for your mac notebook,‘ explains philip schiller,
apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. ‘with just one cable, users can dock with their new display
and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.

the ‘thunderbolt display’ will be available within the next two months at a price of 999 USD.


full view of the ‘thunderbolt display’


rear view


in addition to USB, firewire, and ethernet ports, the display permits the daisy-chaining of up to five devices via the thunderbolt port


intel’s jason ziller demos and discusses the thunderbolt technology, debuted this past february and which the apple display is the first monitor to offer



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